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April 20: Lecture on Bosnian Sevdah Music with Damir Imamović

Damir Imamović

7:30 p.m. Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom. The Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho, in collaboration with the Boise State Bosnian Students Club, presents a lecture with world-famous Bosnian musician Damir Imamović. During the lecture,”Sevdah: music between East and the West, “Imamović will explain how the history of Bosnia is portrayed in these songs.

Taking its name from sevda, the Turkish word for love, which derived in turn from the Arabic sawda meaning ‘black bile’ (and hence melancholy), sevdah has been played in the Balkans in one form or another since at least the 15th century. Although the temptation to refer to it as ‘Bosnian blues’ is perhaps too infrequently resisted, its lyrical and musical preoccupations with love, longing and loss do provide us with a bridge to other European roots traditions, such as fado, whose central concept of saudade is itself related to sawda.

This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 21, in the JUMP! center, Imamović will perform Sevdah music as part of the Sevdah Music Festival. Bosnian food will also be available. Doors will open and food will be available at 7 p.m., with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. The cost for this event is $5 for students and seniors, $10 for the general public.

The lecture


April 20, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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